By Alex Stevens
Rangers striker Kenny Miller is the shock frontrunner to be the club’s new first-team coach, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the striker, 37, is the clear favourite to be the fourth senior figure in the new-look management team.
It is said Helder Baptista is expected to be confirmed as Pedro Caixinha’s No2, with Jose Belman poised to replace axed Jim Stewart as the goalkeeping coach.
The Scottish Sun report that Rangers and Caixinha want a fourth member of the backroom staff who has excellent knowledge of the Scottish game.
The Portugese, 46, could look to promote from within by taking advantage of Miller’s vast experience assembled in a career that began at Hibernian in 1998.
It would be a shock appointment as the striker remains a regular starter for Rangers and has demonstrated his significance to the team with nine goals from 36 matches this season.
But he is out of contract in the summer and the club could look to hand him a new deal that will keep him on the playing staff while also helping him make a first step into coaching.
Caixinha will take charge of his first match this weekend when Rangers host Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday at Ibrox.
He is aiming to build upon the mini-revival began at the end of Graeme Murty’s six-match spell in caretaker charge, which included a 6-0 Scottish Cup triumph and a 1-1 draw against Celtic at Parkhead that restored pride at the club.
Rangers have turned their attention to Caixinha in a bid to narrow the gap on Celtic, who are 33 points clear of their bitter rivals this season as they close in on a sixth consecutive title.
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